OFFICIAL: Fabregas Is Better Than Xavi & Iniesta

By on July 20, 2011

If Barcelona wanted any more reasons why they should pay around £40m to sign Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, perhaps they should take a look at these stats.

Barcelona’s current creative midfielders, Xavi and Iniesta, are widely regarded as two of the best midfielders on the planet, and with good reason. They are both truly world class. But lets not forget, so is Cesc Fabregas. In fact, if you look at the stats, Fabregas is in FACT the most creative of the three:

Chances created for team mates in last 5 league seasons:

  • Fabregas  = 466
  • Xavi  = 455
  • Iniesta =  214

Goals scored in last 5 league seasons:

  • Fabregas  = 30
  • Xavi  = 22
  • Iniesta =  22

These stats were shown on Sky Sports News last night, but they originated from Opta.

So there you have it. Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas creates more chances and scores more goals than both Xavi and Iniesta. Now i know many of Cesc’s goals may have come from the penalty spot, and Barcelona have players like Messi and Villa to share the creative workload, whereas Fabregas is the heartbeat of Arsenal and most of our good work goes through him, but that’s just the point. Fabregas IS the focus of all Arsenal’s creative work and we are within our rights to demand at least £40m for his services.

Personally, i think £40m is cheap in today’s market for a player of Fabregas’ age, experience and quality. So my advice to the noisy boys from Catalonia is to have a look at the stats above and see what £40m will buy them, then either put-up or shut-up.

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38 Comments

  1. The Arsenal man

    July 20, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I agree with you. I’m sure many people would agree with this article as well.

  2. Frank McLintock

    July 20, 2011 at 9:56 am

    £40 Million. City would happily pay £80 Million.
    Fabregas should see out his contract where he agreed to stay and is needed most. If he wants out before then then he should be put on the open market. IMO, he will gain more being the fulcrum here than being in a rotation with 2 or 3 others. Cesc, stay. You know it makes sense!

    • Barcelona Fan

      July 20, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      City are crazy…everyone knows that…. What City wouuld pay, and whats fair are two different things. He had an ok season, hes not worth any more than 40Million… Arsenal are taking the Piss. He wants to go, and has done for three years – leave him go.

  3. Peter

    July 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

    U dont no wat u re saying, if fabregas is better than xavi and iniesta, y is he on bench in his national team. So shut up

    • ddd

      July 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

      idividually cesc is better the thing with the national team is that xavi and inesta are playing together for years so y break that .

    • AY

      July 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

      The stats shown above can prove that. And I agree wif – ddd.

  4. Emilfu

    July 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

    What about trophies won?
    and passes completed?

    This article is complete rubbish.

    • brian

      July 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

      your the rubbish
      coz ur against the stats
      wat kind of person are u?

      • Emilfu

        July 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

        A person who can spell.

        • Matt

          July 20, 2011 at 11:23 am

          But not someone who can argue with any coherance. The talk is of players, not teams. Are you saying that one person makes a team, thus undermining every argument on the contrary by people more qualified than you? The fact is, his stats are better than Xavi and Iniestas are. Arguing that is idiotic. So, therefore “your the rubbish” :-)

          • Thm

            July 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

            “You’re”

            And thats not what he said. How many trophies did Iniesta and Xavi win individualy. Ie. Runner up and third place in FIFA Balon d’or.

            Where was Cesc on that list?

    • Jay

      July 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      U must b a Manu supporter

    • take 9

      July 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      trophies won dont mean anything, Messi hasnt won anything with Argentina in the senior team, does that mean that he isnt great? Cesc Fabregas is better than both Xavi and Iniesta. most people think Messi is great and he is, but wait until Cesc joins them, Messi will be even better that he is now. Cesc is world class. i think Aaron Ramsey could be just as good as Cesc, just give him a season or 2.

  5. ThomasD

    July 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

    And how are the statistics for he last 2, 3 and 4 years?

    • Matt

      July 20, 2011 at 11:25 am

      What?! Its a total for the last 5 years

      • ThomasD

        July 20, 2011 at 11:22 pm

        I mean how are the stats for the last 3 saisons? The last 2 or 3 seasons are important to rate someone. Btw: Alves had the most assists for the last five years. Is he better than fab?

  6. akeem ajeigbe

    July 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

    So there you have it.if you really want cesc,i’d say pay £50m or shut your traps.left to me,i’d like to see him remain at the Arsenal next season.

  7. ThomasD

    July 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

    annnnddd how many games have they played and against who?

    • Matt

      July 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Xavi and iniesta play most games, and against weaker opposition in la liga

      • ThomasD

        July 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm

        Wrong answer. Iniesta missed a lot of games in the 2 seasons before the last one. Please tell us the number of minutes everyone played and explain what you mean with “chances created”. Who defined what a chance is? You can compare xavi and fab in the games they played against each other. The difference is huge. Xavi is one of the greatest midfielders of all time. His vision is awesome. His job is to read and write the game, not just to make assists and goals. Barca and Spain wouldn’t be the same without him. But arsenal would without fab.

  8. Dan

    July 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Maybe because xavi and iniesta have to share the ball because arsenals midfield is is not nearly as good so fabregas doesn’t have to share the ball

  9. browny

    July 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Well said. I can’t accept these idiots telling us his market value when they more or less placed a market value of about £60m on Ibrahimovich, who while good is not in Cesc’s class. So Mr Barca president don’t keep harping on about not paying more than a player is worth as if Barca have suddenly become some moralistic financial fair play institution. We would likely get in excess of £50m for him if he was placed on the open market so we are being very kind to Barca and Cesc by asking for £40m. They are trying to paint a picture that we are just being deliberately mean and are ruining Cesc’s life. Well for me the people ruining his life are his beloved Barca and his so called great friends who “want him to come home”. Well if the club and players love him so much don’t prioritise a South American player above one of your own local lads, and what about if those highly paid players that keep talking about it and that so desperately want him back and love him more than anything handed their slightly hard up club £1.5m each of their wages to make up the shortfall. Would that make them hard up and unable to pay their electricity bills? Not their responsibility to do that is it? Well is it Arsenals responsibility to sell him for £20m less than we could get on the open market? Obviously he is not the clubs priority and these players obviously don’t love him as much as they make out. All the constant talk from that end is what is making Cesc’s life difficult, and the last time I checked good friends don’t continually open their mouth and say things that cause their close friends undue stress and problems. All this talk about us kidnapping and stealing him is also a load of rubbish. He came because he wanted too not because we sent in the SAS to snatch him. He could see his way at the club blocked at a critical time in his football development, and Arsenal offered him the platform which helped him to develop into the world class player he is. If he had stayed at Barca he may well have gone backwards and then ended up in mid table La Liga for the rest of his career. You only want him now because he has become so good and not because he is Catalan or has the Barca DNA. How often did Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Pique e.t.c go on about all this DNA stuff and the bringing home of the prodigal son with Fran Merida when we had him? By the way what is Catalan for Hypocrite?

    • Honest-Arsenal-Fan

      July 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      Lets get over ourselves here. We robbed a good player from their academy, and they want him back. Cesc has done so much for Arsenal, but because we don’t buy players, and our owners are reaping in the cash in favour of bettering the team and wanting to win trophies, Cesc and Nasri want to go. Cesc wants to leave, and that’s the truth regardless of weather Xavi and Pique want him back in Barcelona. Cesc has made it clear he “Wants to go home” / return to Barcelona…. What’s the market value of a player that will only go to one team.?. – It’s not £60 Million….. Lets take the money, and stop harping on about it. We’ve enjoyed him while he was here, if he wants to go, leave him go. Fran Merida never said he wanted to return to Barcelona….that’s the difference. Cesc made the mistake of signing a very long contract with us, and now we are punishing him for it. I think if we keep onto him, he’ll have a poor year next year…. Honest Fan talking here…

      • nemo

        July 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm

        he can stay & ride the pine for 3 years for all i care. the player don’t get to dictate, “mistake” or not. fact is…he signed on the dotted line. honor your contract as a professional, or know that you are at the mercy of your management.

        we “robbed” a good player…….ummmm…so this entitles them to paying much less than his market value. KICK ROCKS!

        Arsenal are under no obligation to appease Fabregas or Barcelona. as far as i am concerned, i’d rather pay him to warm the bench than let him go to Barca for anything less than Arsenal deem fair value. period.

        nothing personal…just business, & in business…you can’t let principal slip just because you can’t deal with the criticism else you lose all bargaining credibility.

        not to mention…SOMEBODY needs to stand up to Barca for their antics. certainly FIFA won’t even consider taking action for all this rampantly obvious tapping up. so if they won’t bother to inconvenience Barca…then Arsenal will.

        let the whole of Catalunya hold their collective breaths until they die of asphixiation for all i care. to hell with the lot of them…business is business is business.

  10. ddd

    July 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

    if pastore ,carol ,untested neymar,out of form torres are worth upwards of 35 mil pounds then cesc is def worth at least 35 mil pounds which barca are not willing to even reach .

    in my opinion cesc should go for atlest 45 -50 mil pounds if not more.
    real and mancity would pay, inter and ac milan knew this price and backed out so what makes fifalona so f-ing special !!!

  11. Lettraggad

    July 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

    This is old news but i commend you for writing about it.. The very reason Barca want him is .. Cesc can replace either Xavi or Iniesta and he is way more dangerous in front of goal than the stats show .. I would say so is Iniesta but both have been out for longs spells ..
    40m£ for cesc is a bargain price he should go for over 50m£ but I think we will settle for 40-45m£

    anything below is ridiculous. Barca are embarrassing they hardly make enough to pay the current squad .. and they dont have enough money for a proper bid .. They make Real Madrid look classy.

  12. arsenal4eva

    July 20, 2011 at 10:56 am

    One thing to remind ol of u catalonia guys, fab4 is the heartbeat of Arsenal!..Barca still can play without Xavi, Iniesta…but how bout Arsenal witout fab4?…disastrous! think guys!

    • Matt

      July 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Exactly. They’re not taking into account the importance of the player to the team. Obviously the stats are important (which to be honest are stacked in our favour anyway) but there are other factors that can’t be ignored

  13. Lanz

    July 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    @Peter
    And have you noticed that when he gets introduced the game changes? Spain could not score in the world cup final until his pass to Iniesta!

    • GILL

      July 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Agree with Lanz, Fabregas always made the difference when coming on during the world cup.

      Chances created – last 5 seasons:

      * Fabregas = 466
      * Xavi = 455
      * Iniesta = 214

      Goals scored in last 5 league seasons:

      * Fabregas = 30
      * Xavi = 22
      * Iniesta = 22

      Assists

      * Fabregas – 89
      * Alves – 87
      * Ribery – 83
      * Ozil – 73
      * Lampard – 71
      * Messi – 69
      * Xavi – 66
      * Ronaldo – 57
      * Giggs – 55
      * Kaka – 44
      * Iniesta – 33
      * Sneijder – 29

      • Barcelona Fan

        July 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm

        The point in the article that says that Messi and Villa create so much for Barcelona also, and it doesnt all go through one man like it does at Arsenal….makes a lot of sense when you look at the stats here, where four Barcelons players are in the top 10..(assuming you dont count Ronaldo as a real player)..

      • richie

        July 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm

        With stats like these, it clearly shows Arsenal just need a striker to USE the chances, RVP is world class but its almost been a rarity to see them on the pitch at the same time.

  14. Xlam

    July 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Yes my guy i agree with u cos i’v bin telling my fellow barca fans in nigeria but they won’t listen n i know they’v bin centimental about it. B.A.R.C.A.4 lyf

  15. Ajiboye tesleem

    July 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Arsenal were always demolished the spirit of players. They had the opportunity of lifting the carling cup against birmingham but unfortunately they could. Why blaming cesc bcos of returning back home after some years of trophyless in arsenal. Since 2003 except f.a cup in 2005, arenal has no record of trophy. barca have lifted 16 trophies even under pep guadiola, let the guy go to the home of trophy. Nasri, arshavin, luiz suarez e.t.c were made a comments recently dt they were dreaming to play for barcelona, why dt comments? Bcos they knew dt barca is the home of trophy where player can make a record. mascherano left liverpool for barca, ist season he had a record of champions league and laliga. What else. Let leave envious and say another thing. Leave cesc to decid his opinion.

  16. Ajiboye tesleem

    July 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Arsenal were always demolished the spirit of players. They had the opportunity of lifting the carling cup against birmingham but unfortunately they could’nt. Why blaming cesc bcos of returning back home after some years of trophyless in arsenal. Since 2003 except f.a cup in 2005, arenal has no record of trophy. barca have lifted 16 trophies even under pep guadiola, let the guy go to the home of trophy. Nasri, arshavin, luiz suarez e.t.c were made a comments recently dt they were dreaming to play for barcelona, why dt comments? Bcos they knew dt barca is the home of trophy where player can make a record. mascherano left liverpool for barca, ist season he had a record of champions league and laliga. What else. Let leave envious and say another thing. Leave cesc to decid his opinion.

  17. collarboi

    July 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Gaiz al thoze stat myth b true bt b rest asure dat dia r greater reasons fr example if u talk about pas complete i dnt fink any playa on earth wil hv 50% of 100% xavi’s pas complete stil yet he has best playas around him such as iniesta, messi, vila, pedro e.t.c den if u nw talk about d asist xavi is nt ment 2 give asist he is ment 2 control midfild so dea culd win d ground n hv anoda playa do asist dats u c messi hvn more asist dat him bt fr fabriga if he dnt do d asist no 1 else dia wil do it n dat wil bring asenal downfal bt fr xavi if he didnt do it som1 else wil bcuz everybdy in baca r train wif pases r take as luk 2009/2011 uefa chanpions league quarta final asenal vs baca wia ibrahimovic score d 2 goals fr baca wo did d 2 asist was it nt xavi wia ws fabrigas den so pls dat iz nt atole prove fr u 2 rate fabr ahead of xavi n iniesta thnx up barca

  18. hajj muka

    July 21, 2011 at 7:00 am

    xavi nd iniesta perform against weaker laliga team, nd aswell against the premiership champion manchester united, even in the crutial stage (chmps lg final) twice in which fab can not deliever against, nd remembre fab seat on the bench for this 2 @ national team, means they are far better than him.

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